Banned driver pretended to be brother-in-law when stopped by police

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A motorist dodged a driving ban by using a second licence in a false name – pretending he was his brother-in-law – Lincoln Crown Court has been told.

Agris Baranovskis was given a 12-month ban by Boston Magistrates and ordered to pass an extended driving test before being allowed back 
on the road after he admitted an offence of dangerous driving.

But six months later he was stopped for speeding in Sleaford and produced a driving licence in a different name.

Alistair Munt, prosecuting, said Baranovskis was given six penalty points after pleading guilty by post.

In March 2013 he was stopped by police while driving in Boston and failed a breath test.

He had 68 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres
of breath almost double the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

He produced the same false licence and was disqualified for 18 months under the bogus name when he appeared before East Lincolnshire Magistrates.

Then in May last year he was stopped on John Adams Way, Boston, and this time produced a licence in his real name.

A check showed that he was still banned from 2010 as he had not passed an extended retest.

When he was interviewed by police had admitted he used a licence in a the name of his brother-in-law following his ban.

Baranovskis , 26, of Manor Gardens, Boston, admitted perverting the course of justice and two charges of driving while disqualified.

He was jailed for a total of six months and given a new 12 month driving ban.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Baranovskis was motivated by the fact that he needed a driving licence to get to work and he would have been unable to afford the rent for the family home if he lost his job.

He said Baranovskis’ wife would have to give up her job to look after their child and go on benefits if was jailed.

“He wasn’t driving because he wanted to go off and have a good time. He just needed to be able to provide for his family and keep his reasonably well-paid job.”